New Member: Republican Mike Gallagher Elected in Wisconsin’s 8th District
Seat opened with retirement of incumbent GOP Rep. Reid Ribble

Republican Mike Gallagher was elected to Wisconsin's 8th District. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

Republican Mike Gallagher will defeat Democrat Tom Nelson in Wisconsin's 8th District, The Associated Press projects.

Gallagher led Nelson 63 percent to 37 percent with 45 percent of precincts reporting.

Ratings Changes in 12 Competitive House Races
6 races shift toward Democrats but 6 improve for Republicans

Iowa Rep. David Young's' re-election contest in the state's 3rd District moves from Tossup to Tilts Republican, according to The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call's latest race rating. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

With five weeks to go before Election Day, Democrats are still waiting for Donald Trump to create the nationwide swell that would be necessary to put the Republicans’ House majority into play. House races are often late to engage but, thus far, the developments have been a mixed bag for Democrats, keeping sizable gains out of reach.

The lack of vulnerable Democrats — and the resiliency of many Republican incumbents in the face of an unpopular presidential nominee — could amount to a historic election in the House, but not in the way one might think. The cycle could produce the fewest number of House seats to flip party control in 60 years.

Former Senate Foreign Relations Committee Staffer Wins GOP Nod in Tossup Seat
Retiring Rep. Reid Ribble endorsed Mike Gallagher for his seat

Rep. Reid Ribble, R-Wis., above, backed Marine Corps Veteran Mike Gallagher to replace him in Wisconsin's 8th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Marine Corps Veteran Mike Gallagher won the Republican primary in Wisconsin's open 8th District Tuesday night.

He carried 73 percent of the vote in the three-way primary, with just 29 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Associated Press. 

Democrats Reserve Nearly $1 Million for Wisconsin House Race
Party officials are optimistic about potential 8th District seat pickup

Democrats are excited about Tom Nelson's candidacy in Wisconsin's open 8th District. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's independent expenditure arm has made a $730,000 television ad reservation in Wisconsin's 8th District for October.  

In April, House Majority PAC reserved $220,000 in TV time for the final stretch of the 2016 campaign in the same Green Bay media market.

Democrats Land Colorado Recruit to Expand House Playing Field
DCCC adds six candidates to 'Emerging Races' program

Tipton will face a challenge from state Sen. Gail Schwartz. ( Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Working to expand the number of competitive congressional districts this fall, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has landed Colorado state Sen. Gail Schwartz to take on Rep. Scott Tipton in the 3rd District.  

Schwartz, who is announcing her candidacy Friday, will challenge Tipton in a district Republicans carried by narrow single-digit margins in the 2008 and 2012 presidential races.  

Democrats Field Candidate for Ribble's Open Wisconsin Seat
Wisconsin's 8th District has been a swing seat at presidential level

Reid Ribble is retiring at the end of this Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson is announcing his candidacy Thursday for the Wisconsin seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Reid Ribble.  

Democrats are pleased Nelson's finally getting in the House race, especially in a presidential year when the party is hoping to expand its down-ballot battlefield. A swing seat at the presidential level, Wisconsin's 8th District is the kind of seat the party needs to contest if it's going to fight for control of the chamber. President Barack Obama won the 7th by 9 points in 2008, and Mitt Romney won it by 4 points in 2012.